Thursday 24th November 2022
More fog this month, this time on a morning walk around Lound Lakes. While preparing the images for this post, I was inspired by a video I recently watched about the Hassleblad X-Pan/Fujifuilm TX-1, so decided to try cropping the images to that camera’s super wide 65x24 (1:2.7) aspect ratio. It’s certainly a challenge trying to find images to fit, as obviously none of them were shot with this in mind. Still, I found it gives a whole different feel to them – very cinematic, especially in early morning fog.
It can also elevate pictures that would otherwise not be especially interesting, like this shot outside Felbrigg Hall – the weather was rather dull, but with the extreme wide composition I feel like the image comes across as somehow more meaningful.
I also went for a visit to Aldeburgh, a seaside village on the way to Ipswich. My main interest was the Martello tower, but I didn’t really get any good pictures of it. It was foggy on this day, too!
This month was also the first time I went to explore Bluebell Woods, on the south-western edge of Gorleston. Naturally, because of the time of year there weren’t any actual bluebells, but it was a nice walk nonetheless. This shot is also a good illustration of how the wide format can make even a 14mm lens look almost normal – an elongated foreground seems to be a much stronger indication of ‘wide-angleness’ than stretched left and right edges.
Next up was a trip to Sea Palling, another seaside town, this time to the north of Yarmouth. It was a bit late in the day, and the sky was getting quite overcast, which ordinarily wouldn’t lead to nice pictures, but I think this new aspect ratio, combined with the Fuji Eterna profile, give things a kind of melancholy feel. And, as with the woods shot above, even though this one is at 21mm it feels like a much longer focal length in this aspect ratio.
And of course Em continued her attempts to make friends with the sea, regardless of temperature.